By Richard Horsley

This remark highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably diversified spiritual viewpoints represented by means of Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. specifically, Richard Horsley indicates that this letter presents a window in which one may possibly view the strain among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's obstacle for build up a social-religious neighborhood dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing team spirit.

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22, 24) represents the human world in its basic division 49 COMMENTARY culturally, from the (Palestinian) Jewish point of view—"Jews . . and Gentiles" (v. 23) being somewhat more ecumenical. "Jews demand signs" is probably a reference to scriptural tradition in which God was portrayed delivering the people with signs and wonders. "Wisdom" (sophia) or philosophy was characteristically a personal quest of well-off people of the Greek cultural heritage in cities of the eastern Roman Empire. Christ's crucifixion and its proclamation would indeed have been foolishness to the dominant culture in its understanding of wisdom and power.

The alternative gospel introduced into the Corinthian assembly, apparently by Apollos, was based on the same or a highly similar orientation to reality as that dominant in Corinth and hellenistic culture generally. This can be seen in a number of the Corinthian views that Paul responds to (or attacks) in chapters 1-4. That Christ had been a wisdom teacher was an idea immediately comprehensible against the background of famous philosophers and "eastern" religious teachers such as Moses, who had long since been cast in the role of a revealer of wisdom in hellenistic-Jewish communities.

The alternative gospel introduced into the Corinthian assembly, apparently by Apollos, was based on the same or a highly similar orientation to reality as that dominant in Corinth and hellenistic culture generally. This can be seen in a number of the Corinthian views that Paul responds to (or attacks) in chapters 1-4. That Christ had been a wisdom teacher was an idea immediately comprehensible against the background of famous philosophers and "eastern" religious teachers such as Moses, who had long since been cast in the role of a revealer of wisdom in hellenistic-Jewish communities.

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